Racing in Florida

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Gainesville, Florida for the 50th Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals and what a great race it was. Not only was there incredibly close races, but this being the 50th they pulled out all the stops, including bringing together eight legends of the sport and having them race. They called it Unfinished Business and it was so much fun to watch. The ladder for that was Don Garlits vs Shirley Muldowney, Warren Johnson vs Terry Vance, Kenny Bernstein vs Joe Amato and Don Prudhomme vs Ed McCulloch. The semifinals were Shirley Muldowney vs Warren Johnson and Joe Amato vs Ed McCulloch. The finals featured Warren Johnson and Ed McCulloch, with the winner being Warren Johnson.

Back to this weekends main event, starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Brittany Force (3.68) vs #16 Chris Karamesines (4.04), #2 Mike Salinas (3.69) vs #15 Jordan Vandergriff (3.84), #3 Steve Torrence (3.70) vs #14 Dom Lagana (3.82), #4 Leah Pritchett (3.72) vs #13 Pat Dakin (3.80), #5 Antron Brown (3.72) vs #12 Richie Crampton (3.77), #6 Terry McMillen (3.74) vs #11 Doug Kalitta (3.76), #7 Clay Millican (3.74) vs #10 Austin Prock (3.75) and #8 Scott Palmer (3.75) vs #9 TJ Zizzo (3.75). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Brittany Force (3.71) and TJ Zizzo (4.46), Leah Pritchett (3.72) and Richie Crampton (3.78), Jordan Vandergriff (3.72) and Clay Millican (3.71) and Steve Torrence (3.68) and Doug Kalitta (3.74). The semifinals were TJ Zizzo (3.76) vs Richie Crampton (3.78) and Clay Millican (3.70) vs Doug Kalitta (3.70). The finals featured Richie Crampton (3.73) and the DHL/Kalitta Air team and Clay Millican (3.90) and the Strutmasters/Parts Plus team. With the winner being Richie Crampton (3.76). This is Richie’s first win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.86) vs #16 Terry Haddock (4.41), #2 Tim Wilkerson (3.87) vs #15 Dave Richards (4.29), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89) vs #14 John Smith (4.11), #4 John Force (3.89) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.01), #5 Matt Hagan (3.90) vs #12 Jonnie Lindberg (4.01), #6 Jack Beckman (3.90) vs #11 JR Todd (4.01), #7 Cruz Pedregon (3.91) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.95) and #8 Ron Capps (3.93) vs #9 Bob Tasca (3.95). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.86) and Ron Capps (3.91), John Force (3.89) and Matt Hagan (3.94), Tim Wilkerson (4.75) and Cruz Pedregon (3.92) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and Jack Beckman (3.90). The semifinals were Robert Hight (3.87) vs John Force (4.47) and Tim Wilkerson (3.87) vs Jack Beckman (3.89). The finals featured Robert Hight (3.85) and the AAA team and Tim Wilkerson (3.89) and the Levi, Ray and Shoup team. With the winner being Robert Hight (3.86). This is Robert’s second win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Rodger Brogdon (6.49) vs #16 Wally Stroupe (6.67), #2 Greg Anderson (6.49) vs #15 Alan Prusiensky (6.64), #3 Matt Hartford (6.50) vs #14 Shane Tucker (6.62), #4 Deric Kramer (6.50) vs #13 Val Smeland (6.57), #5 Bo Butner (6.51) vs #12 Fernando Cuadra (6.54), #6 Jeg Coughlin (6.51) vs #11 Kenny Delco (6.53), #7 Alex Laughlin (6.51) vs #10 Jason Line (6.53) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.51) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.51). The winners and who they would face in the second round was Rodger Brogdon (6.56) and Chris McGaha (6.56), Deric Kramer (6.50) and Bo Butner (6.53), Greg Anderson (6.50) and Alex Laughlin (6.51) and Shane Tucker (6.59) and Kenny Delco (6.53). The semifinals were Rodger Brogdon (6.51) vs Bo Butner (6.55) and Alex Laughlin (6.50) vs Kenny Delco (6.55). The finals featured Bo Butner (8.10) and the Jim Butner Auto team and Alex Laughlin (6.53) and the Havoline team. With the winner being Bo Butner (6.50). This is Bo’s second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where Andrew Hines set the new national record 6.720, and the ladder looked like this; #1 Andrew Hines (6.72) vs #16 Cory Reed (6.91), #2 Eddie Krawiec (6.74) vs #15  Scotty Pollacheck (6.89), #3 Matt Smith (6.75) vs #14 Angie Smith (6.88), #4 Hector Arana Jr (6.78) vs #13 Kelly Clontz (6.87), #5 Ryan Oehler (6.80) vs #12 Karen Stoffer (6.86), #6 Angelle Sampey (6.81) vs #11 Joey Gladstone (6.85), #7 Jimmy Underdahl (6.82) vs #10 Melissa Surber (6.85) and #8 Jerry Savoie (6.84) vs #9 Hector Arana (6.84). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Andrew Hines (6.78) and Jerry Savoie (6.91), Hector Arana Jr (6.81) and Ryan Oehler (6.85), Eddie Krawiec (6.80) and Jimmy Underdahl and Matt Smith (6.79) and Joey Gladstone (6.87). The semifinals were Andrew Hines (6.75) vs Hector Arana Jr (6.79) and Eddie Krawiec (6.92) vs Joey Gladstone (6.81). The finals featured Andrew Hines (6.75) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Eddie Krawiec (6.81) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Andrew Hines (6.75). This is Andrew’s first win of the season.

The next race will be the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 5-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Until next time, congrats to all the winners and I can’t wait for the next race :).

-K

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